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Unit Overview


This is the fourth and final Pre-Clerkship Unit in the Global MD primary care longitudinal stream which extends over the first 2 years of the Global MD program. There is a focus on AMC Domain 2: Clinical Practice, Domain 3: Health and Society, Domain 4: Professionalism & Leadership.?

The unit consolidates professional behaviour, communication and consultation skills, systems-specific history taking, physical examination and clinical reasoning covered in the concurrent Integrated Medical Systems units, via continuation of observerships in primary care (four clinical placements per semester) and small group learning (four times per semester). Students will present cases from their primary care visits in TBL format, with application of Integrated Medicine scientific and clinical learning and USMLE preparation to clinical aspects of primary care. Topics selected will emphasise core clinical aspects of primary care, such as common acute illness, chronic disease assessment and management, early recognition and diagnosis of serious illness and health promotion. Students will also be introduced to ethics and law considerations for clinical practice in the United States. In recognition of the approaching USMLE Step 1 examination, there will be an increasing emphasis on the integration of biomedical science knowledge into clinical presentations relevant to primary care, and team skills that support learning. Upon completion of this Unit students should have adequate clinical skills to commence Clerkship in Tucson, Arizona.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) define and demonstrate professional behaviour in the educational and clinical settings; (2) demonstrate reflection and insight to recognise effects of well-being and difficulties on performance and access support services when necessary; (3) display team skills and respect, value and utilise the expertise, opinions and skills of other team members; (4) discuss the classification, epidemiology, aetiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical and pathological manifestations, natural history, diagnostic principles and therapeutic principles for specified medical conditions relevant to primary care; (5) demonstrate an organised approach to taking a medical history and physical examination and integrate findings into clinical reasoning; (6) identify personal learning needs and implement a personal learning plan; (7) exhibit understanding of ethico-legal medical practice in Australia and in the United States; and (8) merge clinical and scientific knowledge in preparation for USMLE step 1.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-semester assessment; (2) end of semester assessment; and (3) professional behaviour assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the professional behaviour assessment component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Helen Wilcox
Unit rules
GMED5302 Primary Care 3
GMED5401 Integrated Medicine 3
Approved quota: 105—selection for the Global MD will be overseen with the Medical School's Medicine and Dentistry Admission and Selection Committee, and be consistent with the approved and advertised selection processes for the standard UWA MD (course code 91850).
Contact hours
2 hours a week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.